Communicable disease threats report, 28 July - 3 August 2013, week 31

Surveillance report
Publication series: Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR)

​The ECDC communicable disease threats report is a weekly bulletin intended for epidemiologists and health professionals in the area of communicable disease prevention and control. Summarising information gathered by ECDC through its epidemic intelligence activities regarding communicable disease threats of concern to the European Union, it also provides updates on the global situation and changes in the epidemiology of communicable diseases with potential to affect Europe, including diseases that are the focus of eradication efforts.

Executive summary

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report is a weekly bulletin intended for epidemiologists and health professionals in the area of communicable disease prevention and control. This week’s report includes:

West Nile fever

Further human cases of West Nile fever (WNF) have been detected in the EU and its neighbours. Greece reported four more cases in the eastern part of the Attiki region. Attiki had the largest number of WNF cases in Greece in 2012. For the first time this season, Serbia confirmed cases in the Belgrade area and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia reported a case in Kocani in the eastern part of the country.

MERS-CoV

Four laboratory confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome – coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been reported by the WHO in the past week. Two of those cases are healthcare workers who were exposed to patients who were confirmed cases.